Once happy with the animation, learn how animation videos can be output using the Video Workshop.
- [Instructor] Now that we have generated a number of views and finished our animation, it's time to maybe package up and output our final project. So we have a number of final output options. I can take a look at a few of them here, just in the File drop-down. And a couple of my options will be under Publish. So here, I can publish directly to an HTML or a 3D PDF, and this can actually hold all of my views as well as 3D content and video or animation files.
Also, if I jump to Save As, I have a number of other options available as well. I can, of course, Save As as a, just a standard SOLIDWORKS Composer, just the SMG files we've been working with throughout. And this is the full product package where anyone using Composer, anyone who has composer, can work on and edit and change the project. We also have a couple other options. We can save to an AVI.
So that will save just the video file or just the animation file. We also have Save As Package, and that's one of my favorites 'cause this will actually save as pretty much my whole project, so again, all views, all 3D content, the animation, and any interactive content you may have as well. And it will save this out as an executable file. So this means pretty much anyone can run this file on pretty much any machine.
You don't have to have the full SOLIDWORKS Composer software because the executable package actually has the free Composer Player within it. So anyone who opens this file won't be able to make any changes or edits, but they'll be able to view the entire package. Finally, we'll just take a look at a video output only. So you can do File, Save As, AVI, and I'll just save out as an AVI video. Or if you want some additional options, you can jump into your Workshop, and you have a video publishing option here as well.
So that's just the same. It will save out my animation as an AVI video as well, but you have a few additional options here as well. So you can change slightly the settings and the options. But once happy, just Save Video As, and I can rename this whatever I'd like. And it will save out as an AVI video file. Hit Save. And then once I hit Save, the Video Compression window will automatically pop up, and I can hit the drop-down for the Compressor.
And I can have a number of different codecs or compressors available. So this will change depending on your specific machine and which softwares and codecs you have installed. So you can choose whichever your favorite might be. By default, you may just have the Intel or Microsoft defaults, or you can just go Full Frames Uncompressed. But maybe you have some additional codecs on your machine that will do an even better job compressing your video files.
I'll just choose Full Frames Uncompressed here, for example, and say OK. And this will take a few seconds just to generate your final output video. Again, here we have a nice animation video, exported directly in an AVI file that really anyone can watch on pretty much any machine.
- Composer terminology
- Creating your first view and image output
- Changing actor and background properties
- Using the transform tools
- Inserting explode lines
- Adding textures
- Working with a Bill of Materials (BOM)